Announcing LNvis — A Lightning Network Visualizer

I’ve been working on an OpenGL Lighting Network visualizer written in C + nanovg with no dependencies except for glfw. I thought I would release the alpha for testing.

It currently has only been tested on Linux, but the plan is to port it to MacOS/Windows with proper binaries for the beta release.

LNvis visualizing

How it works

LNvis renders the Lightning Network channel gossip, which include nodes and the edges (channels) between those nodes.

  • Channels are colored by the node that opened the channel
  • Channel widths are rendered proportional to the capacity
  • Right clicking a node filters the view to that node and its neighbors
  • Dragging a node in any view will focus that node and its neihbors

That’s about it for now. Next things that I think would be fun to have:

  • Filter by alias/id in the UI
  • “Google Maps” mode for highlighting potential routes between nodes
  • Realtime channel updates from network gossip

Any other ideas and suggesstions would be great.

Contributors welcome!